Will Hazzard is 18 years old and autistic. He had a love of art from a young age but art became a form of therapy with his autism diagnosis at age 10. Influenced by Buddhist philosophies, his work aims for a connection with animals and the environment and the Wiradjuri land he lives on.

His work is often inspired by personal encounters with nature and his paintings represent life cycles and a spiritual connection with the earth.

His paintings often feature built up layers of paint to simulate his need for things to be tactile.

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Solo Exhibitions

Share The Earth

Charles Sturt University, Dubbo (2 April – 28 May 2018)

Superposition

Lithgow Library (1 – 30 June 2018)

Parrots

Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow (28 June – 15 July 2019)

Group Exhibitions

upstART 2018
Cowra Regional Art Gallery (24 November – 9 December 2018)

Tarana Art Prize
Tarana Hotel (23 November – 2 December 2018)

Art Exchange
Nagoya City Museum, Japan (21 – 25 November 2018)

Lithgow Skulls 18
Lithgow Halloween Festival, (12 – 27 October 2018)

Upst-Arts Exhibition (Dubbo Dream Festival)
Dundullimal Homestead, Dubbo (6 October – 3 November 2018)

LCAP (Lithgow Contemporary Arts Prize)
Gang Gang Galley, Lithgow (6 – 30 July 2018)

Tremain’s Heritage Art Prize
Tremain’s Mill, Bathurst (12- 26 May 2018)

TAE18 Exhibition
Strathnairn Arts, Canberra (7 – 28 April 2018)

Autumn Art Exhibitions
Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (8 March – 31 May 2018)

Feast Of Artists
Charles Sturt University, Dubbo (2 February – 26 March 2018)

Operation Art 2018 Touring 50
Cowra Regional Art Gallery (20 December 2017 – 24 February 2018)
Art Gallery of NSW (21 March – 2 April 2018)
Tamworth Regional Gallery (10 April – 25 May 2018)
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba (30 June – 19 August 2018)
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (12 – 25 November 2018)
Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney (December 2018 – 31 January 2019)

upstART 2017
Cowra Regional Art Gallery (December 2017)

Operation Art 2017 Touring 50
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (4 February – 19 March 2017)
Art Gallery of NSW (13 – 23 April 2017)
Cowra Regional Art Gallery (15 May – 10 June 2017)
The Glasshouse Regional Gallery (30 June – 28 August 2017)
Maitland Regional Art Gallery (16 September – 19 November 2017)
Wollongong Art Gallery (5 December 2017 – 2 January 2018)

Invincible (Artshed)
Tremain’s Mill, Bathurst (30 June – 14 July 2017)

Lost World
Ironfest, Lithgow (20 April – 7 May 2017)

TAE17 Exhibition
The Arts House, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom (2 – 19 April 2017)

BVRG Young Archies 2017
Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery (24 March – 13 May 2017)

Natural Spaces and Faces (Artshed)
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (2 – 16 December 2016)

Artshed exhibition DL invite FINAL

200 Plants and Animals Exhibition (Bathurst Community Climate Action Network)
Bathurst Chase (16 – 25 October 2015)

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Prizes

2018

Tarana Art Prize
Winner Mini Moo

Tremain’s Heritage Art Prize
Joint Winner (junior section)

New Harrington art competition (Foreshore House, The Rocks)
Winner (open)

Royal Bathurst Show
Champion Senior Secondary art
Rural Achievers Award

Waste To Art (NSW final)
Highly Commended Secondary School 2D art

Waste To Art (Bathurst)
1st Secondary School 2D art

NSW ACT Young Achievers Awards
Top 4 Finalist, Art & Fashion Category (Masonic Centre, Sydney, 20 April 2018)

Autism CRC Digital Art Competition
Highly Commended

Blayney Show
1st Junior Painting (13-18 Years)
1st Painting on Recycled Material
Champion Junior Exhibit
Best Art and Craft Exhibit (open)
Most successful School Age Exhibitor

Rydal Show
Four 1st Prizes (two Open, two Junior)
Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Prize for most successful exhibitor
Jean Perry Prize for Best Animal Painting

Bathurst Youth Arts Award
Winner (26 January 2018)

2017

upstART (Cowra Regional Art Gallery)
Winner Year 10

Advocate for Children and Young People Design Competition
Winner

NSW Department of Education
Design used for posters, invitations, awards, and t-shirts for 12 concerts:
Festival of Choral Music (Sydney Opera House)
Festival of Instrumental Music (Sydney Opera House)
Primary Proms (Sydney Town Hall).

Operation Art
Selected for ‘Touring 50’

Evans Arts Council exhibition
‘People’s Choice Award’ winner

Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery: BVRG Young Archies 2017 competition
Highly commended

139th Annual Royal Blayney Show
1st Junior Art – Painting, ages 13-18 years
Champion Junior Entry
Supreme Champion exhibit of all show entries, adult or junior.

4th Annual Textures of One Art Festival, Blayney
‘People’s Choice Award’ winner

IronfestLithgow
One of 10 finalists in “Lost World” Art competition.

Royal Bathurst Show Champion Senior Secondary art

Sofala Show
1st Art – Children’s Section
1st Art – Open Novice section

Save The Frogs
Highly Commended. Winning artist for Australia.

2016

Operation Art
ANSTO Senior Award
selected for ‘Touring 50’

Welcome Rhino Sculpture Design Competition, Dubbo
Winner

Royal Bathurst Show Champion Junior Secondary art

Orange Show 4 1st prizes

JTAN Nengajo competition: “Year of The Monkey”, winner

 

2015

Neighbour Day National Photographic Competition, Winner “My Neighbourhood” section

Royal Bathurst Show Champion Junior Secondary art

#Bathsy200 (part of Bathurst 200th anniversary) stencil art competition. Winner ‘Cox’s Road” section

The Oberon Village Art Competition art acquired

art + disability expo 2015 Accessible Arts: Photographic Competition winner, Carriageworks, Sydney

Bathurst Art Fair